Your Guide to Play, Eat, and Stay in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Tuscaloosa is a vibrant and diverse city that offers so much more than fantastic college football. Visitors to T-town can enjoy world-class dining and shopping, explore famous attractions, get a taste of history and have fun in the sun. And with amazing accommodations like WestGate Condominiums, you can stay in luxurious comfort as you experience all the town has to offer. 

Every great trip needs some inspiration, so start planning your next visit with our insider tips on where to play, eat, and stay in Tuscaloosa. 


Dreamland BBQ

5535 15th Ave. East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
(205) 758-8135

This famous Tuscaloosa staple is the place for authentic Alabama barbecue. As the iconic restaurant’s original location, Dreamland Tuscaloosa has a long and flavorful history coated in southern-style BBQ sauce (it’s vinegar-based with a little bit of heat.) Dreamland’s ribs are legendary and a must-try for new diners. The meaty pork spareribs are grilled over a hickory wood-fired pit until they’re falling off the bone, then slathered in the restaurant’s signature BBQ sauce. Dig into a full or half slab with your choice of classic southern sides. Finish it up with a bowl of the best banana pudding in town!

The Historic Waysider Restaurant

1512 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 345-8239

Another historic T-town eatery, The Waysider is known to have the best breakfast in the city. The no-fuss menu features classic southern dishes like homemade hot cakes and country-cured ham topped with red eye gravy. All of their options are made the old way, with quality ingredients, steady hands, and a pile of secret family recipes. Rumor has it their famous handmade biscuits don’t even have a recipe, but are mixed by memory and baked in ancient cookware until they’re fluffy and golden. 


The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

2170 Jack Warner Parkway Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 248-5280

The largest outdoor theater in west Alabama is poised on the banks of the Black Warrior River near downtown Tuscaloosa. The open-air amphitheater is home to excellent year-round entertainment, from music concerts by the world’s biggest stars to a winter ice rink and other seasonal activities. Upcoming shows include Whisky Myers, Travis Tritt and Chris Janson, and Chicago.

Downtown Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa’s charming downtown district is an attraction in itself. The walkable streets are packed with one-of-a-kind experiences, from boutiques and specialty shops to vibrant bars and unique attractions. You’ll find something enticing on every block, from the historic landmarks on the Civil Rights Trail to the scenic Riverwalk sights. Be sure to snap a photo of the famous Bama Theater and stop in at World of Beer to sample 500+ global and craft beers fresh from the tap!


WestGate Luxury Condominiums

1150 8th Street Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(855) 287-1318

WestGate is a luxurious facility just steps from the city’s famous football stadium. Our elegant condos are spacious and fully-furnished, with the highest quality appliances and fabulous finishes for comfort and style. Guests also enjoy first-class amenities, including an on-site fitness center, private parking, and a spectacular rooftop space that offers an unmatched gameday experience. And nestled in the heart of Tuscaloosa, our prime location puts you within walking distance of the city’s best sights, restaurants, shopping, and fun. 

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